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680,000 civilian staffers being furloughed

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced TODAY that the Pentagon will furlough about 680,000 of its civilian employees for 11 days through the end of the fiscal year. Speaking to Pentagon employees in Virginia, Secretary Hagel said it was a difficult, but necessary choice. He said he "tried everything" before making the unpopular decision. Hagel also said that he could not guarantee that the Defense Department would not be in a similar situation next year. The furloughs will start July 8. Meanwhile Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo said she was disappointed that we are furloughing many hardworking DOD civilian employees, including teachers at a time when we should be working to grow and strengthen our local and national economies. She added these furloughs will have a direct impact on many of our DOD civilian employees on Guam, including DoDea educators in the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. Bordallo who has been long opposed to sequestration said this furlough notice is a reminder that Congress must act now to fix sequestration as whole, not on a case by case basis. She added she is also concerned about the impact these furloughs will have on the readiness of our  military forces.

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